Fabien Gilot

Fabien Gilot

Fabien Gilot
Personal information
Nationality  France
Born (1984-04-27) 27 April 1984
Denain, Nord, France
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Freestyle
Club CN Marseille

Fabien Gilot (born 27 April 1984)[1] is a French Olympic swimmer. He swam for France at the 2008 Olympics, where he was part of France's silver medal winning 4×100m freestyle relay.[2] In the London 2012 Summer Olympics he again swam for France and, this time claiming gold in the Men's 4 × 100 metre freestyle relay. In his victory wave, Gilot exposed an underarm tattoo with three Hebrew words meaning "I am nothing without them". He explained that this was a tribute to his grandmother's Jewish husband, an Auschwitz survivor.[3] Fabien said that the quote 'I am nothing without them' has a very special meaning for him, representing his family and three stars – one for each of his brothers, as well as for his Olympic rings. He chose to express his feelings towards his family in Hebrew as a gesture to honor Max Goldschmidt, his maternal grandmother's partner who was "a grandfather in every way." Max died in 2012, but got to see his grandson's tattoo and his swimming achievements, although not his Olympic gold.[4]

Finalist of the 100m freestyle at the 2013 world long course championship in Barcelona, he won gold in the 4x100m freestyle, swimming the best time of all participants, and in the 4x100m medley where he anchored the relay.


  1. ^ Gilot's entry from www.sports-reference.com; retrieved 22 July 2009.
  2. ^ Gilot's result/bio page from the 2008 Olympics website; retrieved 22 July 2009.
  3. ^ "French swimmer stuns Olympic Games with a silent tattoo". Artsjournal.com. 31 July 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "French Olympiad's Hebrew tribute to Jewish grandfather – Israel Culture, Ynetnews". Ynetnews.com. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 

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